One graduation gift came early during my senior year. I will always treasure the miracle of its arrival.
Graduation loomed before me. As it got closer I wanted to put on the brakes and slow down my senior year.
At first, the thought of life after high school seemed exciting. The future held mystery, excitement --the unknown. Those unknown elements began turning to fears. Adult life held responsibilities and decisions. It would definitely be life outside the safe nest of home life.
I woke up early before church one Sunday early in spring. I tried to read my Bible and pray but my thoughts filled with worry and wonder about college and majors and career choices. What if I made a wrong decision?
Arriving at church, I was delighted to find my close friend home from college, I slid into the pew next to her. She gave me a quick hug as she shared her open hymnal with me.
During the second song, my friend held up one finger, silently motioning that she had something for me. She grabbed her Bible and rustled through the pages until she found what she wanted to show me.
My friend didn't know the questions or burden that I brought to church that day. Out of the blue she opened the Word to share this verse:
For I know the plans I have for you,
declares the LORD,
plans for welfare and not for evil,
to give you a future and a hope.
Then you will call upon me
and come and pray to me,
and I will hear you.
You will seek me and find me,
when you seek me with all your heart.
God gave me a very special graduation gift that day. It wasn't really early--it arrived just when I needed it. He heard my fears and He answered with a promise.
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